When a recipe calls for the juice of a lime, it can be challenging to figure out how much to use. Some recipes are vague and simply state "juice from one lime," while others give a specific measurement such as 1/4 cup of juice. The amount of lime juice in one lime varies depending on the size of the lime, how ripe it is and even the type of lime. But on average, a single lime will produce 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice.
Limes are a good source of Vitamin C which helps boost the immune system and maintain iron levels. They are also low in calories and sodium, making them an ideal ingredient for people following a healthy diet. Limes are also rich in dietary fibre and potassium.
There are a variety of ways to extract lime juice, from using a citrus squeezer or by hand. When juicing by hand, it is suggested to roll the limes on a hard surface prior to squeezing them in order to soften the flesh and release more juice. You can also cut the limes in half lengthwise to make them easier to grip when squeezing.
For an easy, refreshing drink, add a tablespoon of lime juice to a glass of water and stir well. Taste the drink and add granulated sugar to suit your preference. To store the lime juice, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.